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Monkey House – Play Place
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FFTC’s Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities
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Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas Guide
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Get Moving: Tot Times, Open Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities
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Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds: North Metro
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My Plan for Getting My Family to the Ikebana Show at Como
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Nature Playgrounds in the Twin Cities – Get Back to Green
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10 Twin Cities Beaches & Playgrounds to Try This Summer
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Twin Cities Memorial Day Weekend Events
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Twin Cities Spring Nature Play & Programs Guide

Monkey House – Play Place

The Monkey House is an indoor playground that specializes in private events such as birthday parties but offers open play hours Tuesday through Sunday.

Monkey House Square 3We were lucky enough to be invited to a birthday party shortly after they opened. The Indoor Play Center is 5000 square and includes inflatable bounce houses, an obstacle course, an eighteen-foot slide as well as climbers and a foam pit.  While not as elaborate as some of the city-owned indoor play areas, it is head and shoulders above any mall play area I’ve gone too. 

What they really need to do is offer a game-day package for football season. I’d be lining up to go almost every Sunday if I could watch the packers in peace while they kids had a good time (and everyone had pizza).


Monkey House Square 1Birthday Parties at The Monkey House

The Monkey House also offers a place to host birthday parties every day of the week except Monday. Private parties start at $179 for a ‘No frills, just Play!’ package. All other packages (starting at $289) include use of a party room and food. 


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Finding The Monkey House

We found the facility a little hard to find. The building is tucked back in a warehouse area of White Bear Lake. At the time Google Maps repeatedly led us to the wrong building and, at least in 2013, the sign was not easy to spot from the road. Especially if you are attending a birthday party, I would recommend leaving time to find the place. However, I note that our directory map has it labeled well.

FFTC’s Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities

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Looking for birthday party ideas for your child in the Twin Cities? We get it — the annual bash is a big deal, and as parents, we want to make our kids’ birthday parties the best EVER. Lucky for us, the Twin Cities metro area offers a plethora of birthday party venues from which to choose. We’ve rounded up over 100 of these Twin Cites party places to give you some inspiration for your next birthday celebration! Read More

Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas Guide

We all know the realities of raising kids in the Minnesota extremities: there’s got to be a place to go were we can escape the elements while still allowing those kids a place to burn off that extra energy. Enter our Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas list. We hope you can use it to find a new space to wear those littles out — and perhaps catch yourself a break.


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For more options on keeping the little ones moving throughout the chilly months, check out our Open Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities!

 

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Get Moving: Tot Times, Open Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities

Tot Times and Open Gym was my savior when my firstborn was a squirrelly toddler who needed a space to run off his pent-up wintertime energy. A few years later, I had four littles under the age of 7 who were climbing the walls and testing the limits of my sanity. Perhaps you find yourself in the same boat? Browse through the listings below to find an open gym, open playtime or open swim near you and treat yourself to a (near) guaranteed naptime:Tot Times

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Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds: North Metro

Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds: North Metro *** Check out our complete Family Fun Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds Guide ***

Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds: North Metro *** Check out our complete Family Fun Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds Guide ***

Maple Maze at Maple Grove Community Center
12951 Weaver Lake Rd., Maple Grove
(763) 494-6500

Open Play hours:
Mon-Sat: 9am – 8pm
Sun: 10am – 6pm

Admission: $4.50 per resident/$5.50 per non-resident ages 1-12, adults and under 1 free. Twilight Special – $3 after 7pm Mon-Sat and Sun after 5pm.

Details: A 2011 renovation punched up the fun at this community gathering place. When I last visited with toddlers, the area devoted to them was pretty ho-hum; new additions give them more options for climbing and sliding if they’re not yet up to braving the “big maze”. The major play structure received updates as well. Four levels of new slides and obstacles to navigate have been installed, including pogo sticks and – will someone please explain this one to me – hoover rings? Parents (and kids) with sensitive stomachs should beware the multi-story orange-and-yellow spiral tube slides! Learn more about Maple Maze and all the Maple Grove Community Center has to offer here.

Eagles Nest - Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds: North Metro *** Check out our complete Family Fun Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds Guide ***Eagles Nest Indoor Playground at New Brighton Community Center
400 10th St. NW, New Brighton
(651) 638-2130

Open Play hours:
Mon-Sat: 9am – 8pm
Sun: 11am – 5pm

Admission: $5.50/per child ages 1-12, adults and under 1 free. Twilight Special – $3 after 6pm Mon-Fri.

Details: Eagles Nest isn’t particularly large or fancy, but if you’re looking for a couple hours’ worth of play to tire out the kids on a winter day, this place will do the trick. The toddler zone is surprisingly spacious and includes a mini ball pit. There’s also a ball pit for the bigger kids as well as an 8-ft. climbing wall and a triple slide. I favored this playground when bringing preschoolers – it’s just the right size for them to play independently without the uneasiness of losing sight of them. An adjacent gym offers preschool open playtime on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10.30am – 1.30pm. Read More

My Plan for Getting My Family to the Ikebana Show at Como

The Ikebana Show at Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Ikebana Show

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
11/11/2013 to 11/17/2013
10:00 am

This week, the conservatory at Como Zoo will feature artists from Ikebana International’s Minneapolis St Paul Chapter.  Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging — which is probably more appealing to me than my family on the surface.  How do you make this a family event.  My husband is easy.  He likes photography and flowers are one of his favorite subjects.  For the kids, as with all things artistic, I’ll make it hands-on.  Before we head out, we’ll watch the Hulu video below to give everyone a basic understanding of the art of Ikebana. 


The Cardboard Collective is a website dedicated to inspiration for projects, cardboard links, information about tools and techniques, and also a bit about sustainable building, crafting and living.

The Cardboard Collective is a website dedicated to inspiration for cardboard projects, links, tools and techniques; as well as sustainable building, crafting and living.

When we get home, we can try making our own arrangements.  Education.com has kid-friendly instructions we can follow, while the teacup arrangements made by the Cardboard Collective really inspire me.  Who doesn’t love tiny versions of anything?  In fact, on our way home, I think we’ll stop at the thrift store so we can each pick out our own teacup for the arrangements.  One of the great things about Ikebana is that we should be able to purchase one inexpensive bouquet to share and then supplement with yard greenery. 

(oh, and if this fails, we can always visit the monkey house.)


 

Joy Peters is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities.

Nature Playgrounds in the Twin Cities – Get Back to Green

Nature Playgrounds are a growing trend for good reason; scientists keep finding connections between nature to child development and well-being.

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It used to be, according to my children, that in order for a park to be authentic, it needed at least a slide and a set of swings. I was less enthusiastic about taking them to places like state parks simply because I felt I’d have to go the extra mile to “prove” that playing and exploring in a natural environment could be just as fun as clambering around a commercially manufactured jungle gym. Don’t get me wrong – the local playgrounds can be a lot of fun, too. And some are really inventive! But I have to say that I get a deeper satisfaction from watching them play in a more natural setting: digging, figuring out how to climb that tree, following paths, building forts. They become immersed in tossing rocks into the water, scouting frogs, collecting wildflowers. They also gradually forget that “playing at the park” requires a plastic treehouse.

So here’s what I find really cool: incorporating natural elements into new playground designs seems to be the trend. More places are popping up where kids get the opportunity to interact with the landscape and, perhaps, develop a greater appreciation for it. Here are seven places I’ve discovered that have those goals in mind:

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10 Twin Cities Beaches & Playgrounds to Try This Summer

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Tired of heading out to the same old swimming spot? We’ve combed the Metro in search of new places to try with our own families and came up with ten we think are worth checking out for their beaches, playground, and other recreational opps nearby:

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Twin Cities Memorial Day Weekend Events

Twin Cities Memorial Day Weekend Events

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Twin Cities Memorial Day Weekend Events: Sparky the Sea Lion at Como Park Zoo

Sparky the Sea Lion at Como Park Zoo

Sticking around town this weekend? We’ve saluted a few of the larger celebrations below. In addition to the special events, we’ve got weekend suggestions sure to be memorable.

5/27-29: Sparky the Sea Lion Opening Weekend @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul • shows at 11:30am & 3pm.

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Twin Cities Spring Nature Play & Programs Guide

Does the spring weather have you itching to explore beyond the backyard? Twin Cities-area nature centers and outdoor education centers are wonderful places to seek out signs of the seasons and play in the natural world. Most of them offer programming specially designed for preschoolers, free family events, and indoor exhibits to stimulate little explorers. Read More

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